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> But, I did find myself worried at that age about making mistakes, so I was hesitant to speak often

I think this is a hard barrier to get over, and something I continue to struggle with. I moved to Finland and I understand a hell of a lot of conversation in front of me - words I don't know I skip, but context usually helps.

When it comes to speaking though getting going is really hard, it isn't helped when people open conversations in English - I guess I look foreign - or I have to confess I don't fully understand when they're asking questions.

Still making mistakes is a part of the learning process, and it feels like I learn (niche) words every day.

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